William Kristol might, at one point in his journalism career, have been considered one of the leading intellectual lights of the conservative movement; not up there with Bill Buckley, or William Safire, perhaps, but a credible contributor to the cause. No more. Following his drooling endorsement of Sarah Palin, encouraging her to wade even deeper into the muck of baseless character assassination that has now become the hallmark of the Republican campaign, Kristol has debased his brand and sunk to the level of the likes of Ann Coulter, as just another witless neocon hack. It is really quite amazing – and amusing – to watch the cream of the neocon establishment willfully and slavishly following Palin down the rathole to political oblivion. Great way to clear the decks and start over again with a conservative movement with brains.